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Jan 2 2013

Washington (CNN) -- The House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to approve a Senate bill to avert a feared fiscal cliff.

The measure that sought to maintain tax cuts for most Americans but increase rates on the wealthy passed the Democratic-led Senate overwhelmingly early in the day.

Jan 2 2013



    Office of the Governor Rick Perry
    Committee on People with Disabilities


On December 6, 2012, the FCC announced that the four major wireless carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile – have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014.  

May 7 2012
FEMA Awards Personal Assistant Services Contract

ResCare has been awarded a national contract by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide personal and home health care to survivors of presidentially declared disasters in any of the states. ResCare would, in most cases, provide care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and people who are elderly at FEMA-established shelters or in the individuals' homes. ResCare will offer personal assistance to people who ordinarily might receive the services from family members, friends, paid caregivers or volunteers who are not available at the shelter site.

Apr 16 2012
Secretary Sebelius announces new Administration on Community Living (ACL)

All Americans - including people with disabilities and seniors - should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions - rather than in nursing homes or other institutions.

The Obama administration and my department have long been committed to promoting community living and finding new mechanisms to help ensure that the supports people with disabilities and seniors need to live in the community are accessible.

Mar 1 2011
European Computer Company Releases First Integrated Eye-Controlled Laptop

On March 1, 2011, computer technology manufacturers, Tobii and Lenovo, publicly introduced the world's first integrated eye-controlled laptop. The fully functional prototype was manufactured by Lenovo, but uses Tobii technology. The Lenovo computer includes simple yet natural interfaces that should be easy for an average user to use. The Tobii technology allows the viewer to use his or her eyes to point, select, and scroll. The computer also can auto dim once through eye recognition to increase battery time.